St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has been left dejected after losing out on the Scottish Premiership top six by two goals with a 1-1 draw against Hamilton Accies.
The Buddies were leading 1-0 in South Lanarkshire heading into the final few minutes, St Johnstone’s 1-0 win against Ross County meaning St Mirren had to maintain their advantage. But a Kyle Munro header sealed a point for Hamilton in the dying embers, sending Goodwin’s team seventh, level on points with sixth place St Johnstone but two goals worse off.
The free-kick which Joe Shaughnessy conceded in the build-up to the crucial goal was never a foul according to Goodwin, sent off for his protests, and it’s pushed them out the top six: “We’re speaking about referees far too often after games unfortunately. Don Robertson has cost us there. I think the referee has cost us a top six place. And it’s disappointing as I don’t like talking about the officials.
“The lead-up to Hamilton’s goal was pathetic really, refs giving fouls for centre halves competing with 6 foot 2 strikers. It’s difficult to explain the emotions you feel after such disappointment like that. Having come so close a couple of minutes before the end, we just had to see it out. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.
“We knew we had to come here to win. I knew St Johnstone would beat Ross County. So we had to win the game. Having missed out by two goals is quite incredible. Sitting here now it’s all ifs, buts and maybes. If we’d kept a clean sheet we would have won the game.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton manager Rice was delighted with goalscorer Munro. The youngster bounced back from a difficult afternoon against Livingston last weekend to seal a point for Hamilton that means the bottom three are separated by two points.
Rice said: “The young lad Kyle who scored the goal was possibly at fault for a goal or two last week, but it just shows you the character of the kid.
“He has come on, put in a fantastic cross in that we could have scored from and then got the equaliser.
“That’s what I want: people not taking things personally, just coming in and working hard. That kid typifies a week in football. I spoke to him and showed him where he went wrong last week. It is my job to make the young ones better and it has obviously worked, eh?”
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